The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children are seen by the orthodontist at the age of seven. There is an ideal time to start treatment for each child with an orthodontic problem. This time is not necessarily based on age but on the stage of development of the child.
Certain problems like excessive or underdevelopment of jaws may require treatment at an early age 7 through 9 years old, and then a second stage of orthodontics after all their permanent teeth come in.
Advantages of Early Orthodontic Treatment:
* Moves the front teeth back so they will be less susceptible to injury.
* Improves the relationship of upper and lower jaws, allowing more normal future development.
* Uses maximum advantage of growth for successful treatment.
* Improves facial appearance and self-esteem.
* Takes advantage of the good cooperation of patients at this age
* May avoid or reduce the need for further treatment when patients are older.